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  WTTG    Fox 5 Morning News at 425am    News  News/Business. New.  

    November 13, 2012
    4:25 - 4:59am EST  

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good morning, everyone. it is tuesday and look at it outside. just a little bit difficult to see out there. just a little thick in the air. we've had some rain falling overnight and we'll see how long it will stick around this morning. good morning. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm wisdom martin. let's get a quick check of the weather with barnes. >> clouds moving in overnight and the shower activity and the wind. much, much cooler than it was
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when you went to bed last night unless you went to bed late. and you will notice rain showers across the region. there is your front south and east of washington pushing across the bay out towards easton and the important feature is that the rain is generally right behind the front. temperatures have fallen into the 40s. it feels rather cool and raw out there this morning. we'll be dealing with the rain showers for the next several hours. it is light rain for the most part across the region. we have light rain anorthwest washington across much of the beltway here and out to the west is where the most moderate rain bands are. -- we have light rain in northwest washington. temperatures a good 25 degrees cooler than yesterday this
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afternoon. more details coming up in a minute. back to you. our top story, former d.c. council chair kwame brown will be sentenced later on today. he resigned from the council and needed guilty to bank fraud charges back in june. if federal prosecutors get their way, brown could face six days in jail and three years of supervised release. a group of d.c. schools targeted for closure or consolidation is set to be released yesterday. those schools targeted for consolidation will most like be combined with higher-performing charter schools. lawmakers are returning to capitol hill today after the election season break and they have a full plate of unfinished business to get done. the biggest challenge is avoiding the double hit to the economy of tax increases and automatic spending cuts nope as the fiscal cliff. another issue congress
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wants to know about are the details surrounding the resignation of cia chief david petraeus and at tax on the u.s. consulate in libya. the top -- great economic news could be on the horizon. >> our country could be energy independent in the near future. ainsley earhart explains. plains. thrrt. clearly we are having issues with that story. we'll try to get that to you coming up in just a bit. >> let's talk about sports just a little. bryce harper, everybody remembers him, he has been
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named the national league rookie of the year. he hit 270 last season with 22 home runs. he knocked in 59 runs and he did it after missing the first month of the season. angels outfielder mike trout won the al rookie of the year. manager of the year awards will be named today and the nats skipper is one of the finalists. >> we still have plenty ahead. weather, traffic and all your top stories. >> fox 5 morning news at 4:30 starts now. ts now. good morning. happy tuesday, everyone. november13th, live look outside right now. a lot of people will be getting back to work. they are probably still asleep. >> congress back in session. >> a lot dpeg on here in
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washington d.c. including some weather. good morning. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm wisdom martin. -- a lot going on here in washington, d.c. including some weather. >> we have some cooler temperatures here. >> and i noticed downare to -- the downpour. >> keep the coats today. kids will want the coats. you will need the rain slicker early here. let's get to the numbers and temperatures have been tumbling. we let 7 on yesterday and now we're falling back into the upper 40s t doesn't feel that warm when you mix in winds -- it doesn't feel that warm when you mix in winds. 46 at bwi marshall and dulles. 48 at reagan national. cold front is pushing across the bay and dragging with it
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the clouds and rain. if it is not raining at your house, i'm looking at southern maryland down towards colonial beach there in virginia, you will be getting some rain shortly. most of the area will get a tenth of an un. of rain, maybe a quarter inch of rain. check out your daytime high. about 50 damage if we're lucky. it will be windy and much cooler this afternoon. >> wasn't it like this last week? >> yeah, we had a cool week. >> we know what this is like. >> easy come, easy go. >> there you go. >> time now to check in with julie wright to see what is happening with the early, early morning commute as well get ready to head back to work today. >> easy come, easy go. are you talking about the weather or your wallet? >> both. a combination of the two.
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>> especially when the kids are involved, right? >> that's right. waking up to wet pavement. allow extra time out here on the roads. keep in mind, the long and winding roads that are leaf colored, very slippery this morning. traffic flowing freely on kenilworth avenue from pennsylvania avenue headed out to the d.c. line. i think mother nature had something to do with scaring off the folks that typically do the construction. you will find georgia avenue at arcola, traffic flowing freely between olnen and the beltway. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. >> thank you. new developments this morning in the david petraeus resignation scandal. the top commander in afghanistan, general john allen is now also under investigation. he allegedly had what the pentagon calls inappropriate communication with jill kelley. she is the woman believed to
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have gotten threatening edmonton mails from paula broadwell. >> what of -- i've been told is that there was somebody else that he knew and was close to and that mrs. broadwell sent these threatening e-mails to her and she was frightened and she went to the f.b.i. >> the fbi raided broadwell's home in north carolina last night. no word on any evidence they collected so far. new this morning, former d.c. council chair kwame brown will learn his fate today. he pled guilty to bank fraud charges back in june. melanie alnwick is live with the latest on thto give us an update. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. kwame brown's original plea agreement where he admitted guilt to all of those charges called for a six-month jail
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term. prosecutors have oftenned somewhat and sid they are asking that he spend -- have softened somewhat and said they are asking that he send just six days in jail. he pled guilty in june to putting some false information on bank loan applications. one of the loans was for a 39 high pressure foot, 330- horsepower boat. brown also forged the signature of a friend on an application and doctored two forms to save his income by tens of thousands of dollars. an audit found that brown's 2008 election campaign failed to report more than $400,000 in contributions and expenditures and that $239,000 wound up in the hands of a consulting company controlled by brown's brother. prosecutors said brown deserved credit since he did resign his position on the council, pleaded guilty and didn't
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default on any of those loans. they put out a sentencing memo a couple of weeks ago t said quote, the defendant has paid a high price for his crime as he should. he was once one of the most powerful elected officials in the district of columbia with strong popular support from the community and a bright political future. after sentencing, he will be a convicted felon and with no political office and he will be unemployed. brown's attorney is asking for for jail time and two years community service. he actually has two sentencing hearings. first one at 11:00 in federal court and another one this afternoon at 2:30 for the campaign finance violation and that is in d.c.'s superior court. back to you. >> thank you. opening statements are expected to begin today in the murder trial of a bowie state university student charged with killing a roommate with a pair
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of scissors. alexis simpson is charged with first degree murder. police say she attacked her roommate last year after the two argued over music played on an ipod. if convicted, simpson face as a maximum of life in prison without parole. a student on the montgomery college campus in rockville is arrested for threatening to go on a shooting spree. school officials say he had recently gone through a tough break-up and made the comments on other students. they found the student eating lunch outside campus yesterday but did not find a weapon. a list of d.c. schools targeted for closure or consolidation is expected to be released today. it is expect to focus on under populated schools. in 2008, d.c. closed 23 schools, a move that ended up costing the city millions of do
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now to a fox 5 follow-up investigation on a critical shortage of paramedics in the district. the city can't keep enough medic units on the streets around the clock so now, as fox 5 first reported, d.c.'s fire chief will announce a plan to move paramedics off overnight hours to cover busier times of the day. fox 5 talked with chief kenny etheler bee. he disputes the claims by the firefighters' union that this will reduce their ability to respond to calls by 36%. >> this gives us an opportunity to look at a decades-old system and respond more readily to our community. we've looked at the data for over a year and the data indicates that we don't have as many calls from 1:00 to 7:00 a.m. as we do from 7:00 touring the day. we are trying to adjust our schedule, adjust our service delivery model to make sure we can meet the demand of the community. >> reporter: the chief says the
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plan is not complete just yet and it still needs to be discussed with the city council and stakeholder so they can address any conditions any of them may have. it is back to work today for congress. the latest on efforts to keep from going over that fiscal cliff is coming up next. >> a member of congress could soon find himself in the president's cabinet. the position being talked about for senator john kerry.
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welcome back. congress returns to work with a long list of unfinished business. as we take a live look at the capitol right now, none is more pressing than stopping the double whammy no the economy. tax increases and huge federal spending cuts kick in after the new year and they will impact all americans. lawmaker don't have a lot of time left. the lame duck session of congress has until december 31st to avoid that fiscal
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cliff. less than a week after david petraeus resigned, president obama already has a replacement in mind. the "washington post" cites sources that said it could go to john brennan if he wants. it the post also reports that the president is considering john kerry to serve as the next defense secretary. kerry is said to covet the position of secretary of state but many insiders believe that post will go to current u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice. new satellite images show north korea could be testing rocket engines and may be a sign that the communist regime continues developing long-range ballistic missiles. the analysis is from the u.s. korean institute at johns hopkins school of advance the international studies. attempts to have a freeze of the program collapsed when north korea launched a missile in april. what about bomb-sniffing mice? one security company says the
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mice are great at fining the explosives because they have a heightened sense of smell and can easily fit into small places. they believe they could one day be used in airports an other places with high security. heavy rains and strong winds are still wreaking havoc in italy. boats could be seen being swept away by strong currents. many roads are still swamped with flood waters and a 73-year- old man is believed to have died when his car was submerged in water in tuscany. n tuscany. the massive snow dumped by superstorm sandy turned out to be a scrooge for some christmas tree farms in maryland. a look at the serious tree drag coming up next. metro responds to complaint it didn't have enough service for all the folk that had to go to work yesterday on veterans day. >> we have rain showers across
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the area along with much cooler air. i'll have the details on the forecast and julie wright will have the traffic for you coming up in just a few short minutes.
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welcome back. it is tuesday and it is a wet tuesday and a cold one too. this is a live look right now over washington and some areas kind of thick and i don't know if it is foggy but either way,
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there is just a lot of moisture in the air right now and leaves on the ground. you know what that will mean. >> good point. when i was driving in the residential neighborhood was covered in leaves. the new music sound so mellow now. >> we gently wake people up on fox 5. >> whole different game. we've got the showers moving in from the west. parts of the area haven't seen much yet but most of us will get at lost a little something over the next few hours. the actual front, the actual cold front bringing in the cooler air is just to our south and east here of washington pushing across the bay. and our viewers here in southern maryland down to calvert county, if you are down towards california, maryland, st. mary's city, haven't seen a whole lot of shower activity but you will. not a whole lot of heavy rain although we have a little bit embedded back here west of dulles. all of this pushing to the east
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here and associated with this cool front, this cold front that will bring temperatures down a good 20 to 25 degrees. there is your cold front. you can see that the band of run showers not terribly wide. we should be done with the run by 7:00, 8:00 9:00 this morning. and later today, the cloud cover will push to the south. 4 in washington. 51 in annapolis. 46 in leonardtown. temperatures still falling off to the north and west. we are now 39-degree in winchester and in cumberland. our temperature later today just aren't going to rebound a lot. i think we'll spend most of the day in the upper 40s with pretty good winds occasionally. 26 in quantico so it is breezy
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as well. wind northwest five to 10 gusting to 20. 25 to 30 here early. early showers, a little afternoon sun. breezy, much cooler. that will give way to a cold one tonight. we'll likely be upper 20s and low 30s outside the beltway tomorrow morning. accu-weather seven-day forecast, most of the week here generally quiet with temperatures in the 50s. next chance for showers after the morning will be the end of the weekend. i think by sunday and monday, more showers back in the forecast. let's do some traffic find out about people going back to work with julie wright. >> good morning to you. a lot of leaf debris especially on the secondary roads and allow extra time. a lot of leaves doe brie out here on the roads and that makes for a slippery ride with the wet pavement. southbound 270, so far, so good, no issues reported coming
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south of 109. you will fine yourself at speed. lanes are coming across from clarkburg. we do have wet pavement to accompany the drive inbond towards the beltway. 39 that, traffic flowing freely out to the 14th street bridge. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. traffic. >> thank you. after five years of construction, the wait is almost over. a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held today to mark the opening of the 495 express lane but the lanes will not open to the public until saturday. virginia governor bob mcdonnell will be at today's event. it will give drives new options from when traveling from the springfield inare change to just north of the dulles toll road. road. -- interchange to just north of the dulles toll road. we are monitoring metro's complaints of bus and rail passengers telling of commutes much too long and too few trains on a day set aside as a veterans day holiday for some washingtonians. metro ran the schedule on a
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saturday schedule yesterday but that was just one of the problems. local and federal government worker got the day off as a holiday. >> >> reporter: some bus passengers had tweeted complaint that they waited up to two hours to get a ride to work in the morning. man resorted to taking taxis. -- many resorted to taking taxis. taxis. this rider saws his red line commute between rock shill and friendship heights was no pick nick. >> i got a ride there. on the way back home, it took about an hour because there is track work between friendship heights and grosvenor t took an hour. it usually takes 20 minutes. >> reporter: that dreaded track work. >> i got on the overloaded tran and we still had to wait. it took me an hour and a half to get to work this morning. >> reporter: it wasn't awful for everybody even though there was also track work on the orange and green lines. >> it seemed pretty normal.
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i think my hypes weren't that affected. but you know they are doing traffic work on a bunch of the different line and i just lucked out. -- it seemed pretty normal. i think my lines weren't that affected. >> reporter: this is not your typical rush hour considering it is a holiday and there is all that track work going on but these are a lot of passengers. >> i mean it is monday. know it is a holiday but in d.c., a lot of people work on federal holidays. >> reporter: we asked metro for reaction to the crowding and confusion and got this statement. typically on federal holidays, we see 20 to 30% lower ridership. we republican strains on a skate schedule. the track work this time last year was even more extensive with larger sections of the track shut down. we try to do the best we k unfortunate had, there were some delays. >> it is what you expect from metro, poor service, bad
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communication. you take what you can get, you w. >> reporter: karen gray houston, fox 5 news. >> wonder if that will change things next time around when we have a holiday like that. >> i don't know. that is a tough call. >> there were a lot of complaint, that's for sure. i saw it all over twitter. >> definitely not a lot of people happy about what is going on with metro and they complain. >> hopefully, we have success next time around. >> so here what is people are not complaining about. there was some excitement for students on the local college campus. an appearance by popular musician bono. >> what. a doing in healey hall. i could be down having my third pint at the tunes. >> he wasn't there to perform. up next, details about his challenge to students at georgetown university. stay with us. we'll be right back.
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bono challenged students to focus on social enterprise. >> willmar has the story for us. >> reporter: an exciting night on campus here in georgetown. more than 700 students in attendance along with plenty of vips including u2's fronted man bono. he delivered the key address and talked about social enterprise and the impacted that social media can have as far as change across the world. his main message, there is no them, only us. >> what am i doing in healey hall? i could be down having my third pint at the tunes. >> reporter: bono taking the stage immediately building a sense of camaraderie with the students. his message was clear. the age of social media and technology is providing what he sees as an unprecedented opportunity. >> not just facebook in the heat of tahrir square but the
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peaceful march across the world of mobile phones, across the parch land and the dense rain forest of the congo, technology is transforming things. >> reporter: he mentioned one, his popular grassroots campaign committed to the fight against poverty and preventible diseases around the world. >> this generation has a chance to challenge the absurdity of where you live deciding whether you live. >> reporter: mary beth brosnahan stepped up to the mic during a q and a session. gilled -- i would say that the future for francois is uncertain. >> i was a little bit upset.
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i think the power lies with us to continue the effort. >> lauren demarco, fox 5 news. coming up auction huge honor for nats phenom bryce harper and there could be more good news for the nats today. >> sports is coming up. coming up.
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the washington nationals continued to rake in some big awards. >> they have the claim of the majority of baseball's top individual award winners so far including three silver sluggers, a gold glove and now rookie of the year. who else could be it but bryce harper. he hit 207 last season with 22 home runs which was second most from a teenager in big league history. he also knocked in 59 runs all while